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Department of Natural Resources

Nuisance Wildlife Operator Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone who wants to engage in a business (that is, someone who wants to charge a fee) to trap, kill, frighten away, discourage or keep nuisance wildlife off the premises in Nova Scotia requires this licence.

Note: This does not apply to people dealing with mice, rats, voles or shrews.

Issuing Department / Agency:
N.S. Department of Natural Resources

Where can you get this Licence and / or further information?
Any of the Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources. (See Offices, N.S. Department of Natural Resources.)
 
Application Forms & Process:
Application can be made at the nearest Local or Area Offices of the N.S. Department of Natural Resources.

The applicant must undergo a test and interview to demonstrate competency and knowledge, and must have a Fur Harvester's Licence or a.Fur Harvester Certification

If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be sent to the applicant by mail.

Waiting Period:
1 week

Expiry & Renewal:
This licence is valid for up to 1 year, expiring on March 31st. It can be renewed, and the renewal time starts the middle of February. The renewal process is started by the licence holder before it expires.
Price:
Initial Application and Annual Renewal:  $6.83 plus HST
Related Requirements:
  1. A valid Wildlife Resources Card, N.S. Department of Natural Resources,

  2. Fur Harvester's Licence or Course, N.S. Department of Natural Resources;

  3. Rifle Transport Permit, N.S. Department of Natural Resources;

  4. Nuisance Wildlife Permit, N.S. Department of Natural Resources.
Additional Information:
  1. The licence holder's must maintain an operator's log report and provide a copy to the N.S. Department of Natural Resources annually.

  2. A Licensed operator may act as an agent for the owner / occupant of the land to obtain a Nuisance Wildlife Permit to enable a protected species to be trapped or killed.
Legislative Authority:
Wildlife Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 504, Section 113

General Wildlife Regulations, Section 5




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